IGS Energy Educates Business Leaders of Tomorrow Through Junior Achievement
IGS Energy is a proud supporter of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to teaching K-12 students the fundamental elements of business, economics, entrepreneurship, and life-skills through a series of hands-on activities. With the introduction of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio's JACO 2020 collaborative, IGS Energy started the "Power of Tomorrow Community Challenge" in support of the program. As part of our commitment, we pledged $50,000 per year for five years and 50 company volunteers.
"Junior Achievement believes in the power of tomorrow's youth. Their programs are designed to ignite and fuel the spark in young people to own their future economic success," noted Scott White, President and CEO of IGS Energy. "I challenge all businesses and individuals in central Ohio to join IGS Energy in supporting tomorrow's workforce today."
JACO 2020 will expand its financial and entrepreneurial curriculum to over 50,000 elementary, middle and high school students per year. In addition, through cooperation of students and community volunteers and the support of Junior Achievement, new businesses will be created throughout the central Ohio community.
Junior Achievement of Central Ohio was established in 1950 by the Columbus Rotary with one mission in mind: to motivate and educate students on how to succeed in the global economy, and to spark both their imagination and desire for future economic success. With the help of educators, parents, business professionals and volunteers, students are provided with the tools and resources that will guide them towards a bright future.
This program is brought to life through several classes preparing the students with information and knowledge for their final class, the hands-on day at BizTown. The lessons taught in the classroom and applied during the BizTown activities illustrate the components that play into real life. Students learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, the steps needed to apply and obtain a job, and the life choices involved in managing their money. They even learn how to write a check.
"National data shows that JA students are more confident with their personal finances, competing in a business environment and are more likely to start a business," Junior Achievement President and CEO Mike Davis noted. With the expansion of the Junior Achievement of Central Ohio program and JACO 2020, more students will be able to reap the rewards that this program has to offer.
This program truly allows students to learn the fundamental relationship between academics, education, and the life beyond school. At IGS Energy we believe in the power of education and understand the importance of educating our future entrepreneurs adn business leaders. We are proud to support this great program.